Numerical Approaches to the Evaluation of Fossils and Ancient Ecosystems
Author: Marc Laflamme
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This volume provides a detailed description of a wide range of numerical, statistical or modeling techniques and novel instrumentation separated into individual chapters written by paleontologists with expertise in the given methodology. Each chapter outlines the strengths and limitations of specific numerical or technological approaches, and ultimately applies the chosen method to a real fossil dataset or sample type. A unifying theme throughout the book is the evaluation of fossils during the prologue and epilogue of one of the most exciting events in Earth History: the Cambrian radiation.
New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.
A dictionary of prehistoric earth covering geological periods, paleontological localities, plants, invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, the rise of man and morphological topics.
Biology is one of eight volumes of The Science Visual Resources Set. It contains six principle sections, a comprehensive glossary, a web site guide, and an index. Biology is a learning tool for students and teachers. Full-color diagrams, graphs, charts, and maps on every page illustrate the essential elements of the subject, while bulleted text provides key definitions and step-by-step explanations. Unity looks at the basic chemistry of all biological systems such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and describes the essential instruments and techniques of biology. The section also illustrates the most vital life processes, from photosynthesis to respiration. Continuity considers the ways in which biological systems reproduce. The section covers the basics of all forms of biological reproduction, from those of unicellular organisms to flowering plants and mammals. It also details the genetic mechanisms of inheritance. Diversity provides an overview of the vast range of living organisms that inhabit Earth. It describes the major categories that biologists use to classify these organisms and provides examples of each. Maintenance examines the ways in which various living organisms carry out everyday life processes such as breathing, eating, movement, and excretion. Human biology takes a closer look at the essential biological structures and functions of the human body. It describes how the raw materials required are taken in, digested, and transported to where they are needed; how waste products are removed; and how the body is able to sense and interact with its environment. Ecology provides a brief look at how living organisms influence and are influenced by the planet on which they live. It traces the broadest of all biological processes: the complex webs of survival that link the simplest bacteria to the most sophisticated carnivores. Finally, the section outlines the elemental relations by which chemical and geological processes form the conditions for life.